February 24, 2009

Rare fish caught on film for first time

Per National Geographic, the Pacific Barrel Eye fish has been caught on film for the first time off the coast of California by scientists. Pictures were released today of the incredibly strange fish with a head that National Geographic described as a "fighter plane cockpit".

The Barrel Eye lives 2000 feet down and a fully intact, live specimen has never been seen before this. It was discovered in 1939 by fishermen dragging up catches from the bottom of the ocean.

@fldhtrsxl: (Sheffield, UK) http://tinyurl.com/bowgw9 Macropinna microstoma: A deep-sea fish with a transparent head and tubular eyes - nature is WEIRD

amandakoh: (Seattle, Washington) Wooo! Checking out the coolest deep sea fish with a transparent head, housing big green tubular eyes!

awessendorf: (Baltimore, Maryland) Mindblowingly-cool photo of fish with transparent head. First ever found alive & with head intact. Looks unreal..wow!

cciepursuit: (Twin Cities, Minnesota) Fish with transparent head? Sure, why not? http://bit.ly/9UOYZ (expand) Truth IS stranger than fiction.

Bob_The_Bee: Today I have learned that there's a fish with a transparent head so that it can see prey through its own skull. Creepy.

chatoyant:(Norfolk, Virginia) RT @scifri Fish with transparent head http://is.gd/kH7G (expand) (I like how hes making a little :3 smoochy face in the first slide!)

doshdosh: (Toronto, Canada) I think its pretty. Deep sea fish with a transparent head. http://bit.ly/SlGl6 (expand)

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